Artificial bug eye made according a report in ScienceNOW 27 April 2006 and Science vol. 312 p557, 28 April 2006.
Biophysicists at the University of California, Berkeley have made an artificial compound eye by making a dome of a light sensitive polymer covered with tiny bulges. They then shone ultra-violet light onto the dome so that each of the bulges focused the light into a beam that changed the index of refraction along the light path through the polymer creating a light pipe under each lens. Each beam of light emerging from back of the dome can be captured by a light-sensitive microchip. The polymer dome works like an insect’s compound eye and the scientists found it worked with much the same efficiency. The report in Science is entitled “Biologically Inspired Artificial Compound Eyes”. Scientists are hoping to use the lens in small wide angle cameras used for surveillance and biomedical imaging.
Editorial Comment: Making this eye required creative design based on knowledge of physics, chemistry and the properties of materials. The scientists who made it admit they got their idea from an insect eye. Therefore, they should be prepared to acknowledge that the insect eye was designed and made by much smarter designer and should give Him the honour He truly deserves.
Evidence News 30th August 2006
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